But be sure to make a side by side comparison with something else.
Tom holloway = troll?
A simple search will tell you how audio enthusists feel about Bose.
My take on Bose in general: Bose has absolutely no interest in accurate or quality sound reproduction. Their only interest is in how they can market a cheap product to sell for 800% above manufacturing costs. Their only interest is in profits.
Bose is actually a great example of power of advertisement. Expensive low quality products which sell very well and just because of well planned advertising. They have their own stylish demo stands at every AV-shop, they dont allow direct comparison to other products, and are rarely seen in comparative reviews on magazines. The small size and meaningless abbreviation on product specs will assure the unwary customer to buy something that actually is a low quality product with high price.
The only thing I got out of the Bose demo was a headache(not really but I was underimpressed). You can spend $200 on a box system from Walmart and get the same results. I ended up in Radio Shack and by chance heard some of the RCA speakers. The build quality was very good and they sounded great for the price. They retailed for $75 but were clearanced to make way for next years model. I got 4 of them for $25 each and a matching center channel for an additional $50. A co-worker of mine was very disappointed with his somewhat expensive Bose setup after he heard my $150 worth of speakers.
"It is estimated that Bose has spent more dollars on advertising last year than ALL other high-end companies COMBINED. Does it have an effect? Sadly, yes. A few years back, the United States Air Force signed Bose onto a multi-million-dollar contract to design noise cancellation headsets for Air Force flight crews. Bose won the contract over two other companies simply because of their "more established name" (brand recognition). The concept of a noise cancellation headset is to actively monitor the noise frequencies emitted from a jet engine and the turbulent wind, and reproduce the exact signal 180 degrees out of phase, thus theoretically canceling it out completely. Many reputable manufacturers have successful done so as well. Bose produced a model that cost approximately $1000 per unit, which failed to cancel out a significant amount of noise. The company used the contract as an opportunity to unload obsolete parts from years back. Bose pawned off thousands of outdated interface connectors for which there were no longer commercially available mating jacks, and incorporated them into the headsets. The Air Force, proud as it was, didn't scrap the project, but instead spent countless millions more replacing the consoles in a number of aircraft to make them compatible with the said headsets. In the end though, the Air Force did terminate the contract when test crews found that the headsets were ineffective and non-durable. This whole mess was created over a brand name's alleged reputation and prestige. Bose is now selling a downgraded version of these headsets to commercial airlines and to the consumer public. They now work to a minor degree, but are not surprisingly still easily outperformed by their competitors. These consumer market headsets are also very, very poorly crafted. I browse many online audio forums and have heard stories about these very expensive headsets falling apart prematurely."
Don't refer to that Audioholics article mentioned above. It was meant to be a joke (see footnote at bottom of that article).
the joke was intended because anyone who really is interested in good quality sound reproduction will know how bad bose speakers are. check any audiophile or high end audio website and you will find criticisms of they're silly 2" "wide range drivers" and 5 1/4" subwoofers and they're emphasis on advertising and not research. perfect example they're flagship 901 haven't changed for like the past 10 years as was pointed out in the website kano mentioned. oh.....and did anyone realize that bose advertises their cubes to have nautilus ports? wut the...